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Are any of ewe on Ravelry? Wondered if you had noticed a change since Casey's transition? Feels like it is going to pot.

Are any of ewe on Ravelry? Wondered if you had noticed a change since Casey's transition? Feels like it is going to pot.

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It's awful. I had stopped posting any content myself (my own projects, forums, etc.) after the Trump ban because I thought it was a terrible move for free speech. It would've been one thing if they banned political speech and wanted to keep it about knitting. But I simply will not be gaslighted into believing that supporting Trump necessarily equals white supremacy, but open discussion and support of communism on the site has nothing to do with the genocides that ideology has invariably caused.

Now he's really upped the ante on the trans ideology. I can't believe his wife is still with him. The fetish stuff on the home page recently was particularly bad.

I only use it now to look up patterns, and then I go to the designer's site and buy from them directly to avoid Ravelry profiting. If there are good alternatives, we really need them now. No matter how people felt about the Trump thing, no one wants to feel like an unwitting participant in someone else's fetish. Even people who nominally support "trans rights" are going to find this disturbing.

There's another recent topic about Ravelry here: https://ovarit.com/o/ArtsAndYarns/33866/alternatives-to-ravelry

Honestly, I really dislike Ravelry now. My main angers:

  • The owner basically indrectly banned/chased away Trump supporters from the website. Even as a severe anti-Trumper myself, this feels too radical for a website that can be considered a public space. I am completely pro blocking people who are attacking others or promoting hate speech individually, but as a group... damn.

  • Changing the UI of the website to be disability unfriendly (and very ugly). After the disabled community complained, they deleted all those comments and complaints. Then the owner replied to individual emails from disabled people with threats, ridicule and other ridiculous stuff that is not professional at all. He/she never apologized but just deleted his/her twitter. His/her wife and their few co-workers had to apologize. Somewhat later they opened a poll/feedback form for people with disabilities to give feedback. The poll/feedback form was hosted on the website and was thus disability unfriendly and could not be filled out by the disabled people it was supposed to target. Complaints and remarks were once again deleted. Unbelievable. The website still can't be used by a group of people with certain disabilities. The owner says a disability design expert is too difficult and too expensive, but they'll look into it in the future. Disability design experts have offered to work with them for free, but the owner refuses to accept their help. Ravelry continues to spend money on anything but disability usage improvements.

  • Updating the website with pronouns, pride flags and trans flags everywhere, so now profiles can have a flag and pronouns and it's suspicious if you refuse to join in with these new customs.

  • Celebrating pride month with placing illustrations on the front page that heavily feature kink imagery. On a craft website. What.

  • The owner published a manifesto that is a disaster. He/she wants Ravelry to go into NFTs, which threatens the copyright and ownership of the patterns for all designers, is a disaster for the environment, is very expensive, and is downright all round bad news for everyone related to this in any way except for a few moneymakers like him/her.

  • I guess not really a big deal for a lot of people, but the owner appropriates the term witch, which personally irks me a lot, because I see it as either a religious term or a term for females, which is heavily related to past crimes and generational trauma that can't be experienced by anyone without a female body.

So yeah, fuck Ravelry, I don't want to know where this goes. I'm just on standby to completely remove my online shop there the second he/she enrolls the NFT stuff. The owner keeps mentioning that the website has more accounts than ever, but I recently got sent website information and there you can see that visitations and interactions are just dropping all the time since all these events. It was an awesome ship used by millions that is in the process of being destroyed to the point of eventual sinking thanks to one person and I hate it.

Thank you for bringing up the Trump ban thing. It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one who felt it was too much. I am politically on the opposite end of the spectrum from his ilk as well. But I dislike censorship, and this felt like the first step toward making Ravelry into Cassidy's own little fiefdom/'safe space'.

There was quite a lot of proof that Trump supporters were using Rav info to dox non-Trump supporters. Not being from the US and disliking censorship I was prepared to complain loudly about censorship until I saw the evidence. Which I do not have access to now, because when the buttplug and leather kink showed up on the front page it was the last straw: I deleted my account.

Ohh, I hadn't heard about doxing. Wish I could say I'm surprised.

What do you mean? Nothing screams Pride like a buttplug on the main page. I'm sure the knitting grannies are down to clown.

I’ve been there for years. I have no idea when he took up full time transvestism. I only participate in one forum and search for patterns. I studiously avoid the front page even when it isn’t promoting sexual deviants and criminals. Easy enough to do by marking a different page in the favourites.

Maria Keffler was talking about this on PEC Talks this week, and I thought what she had to say was quite interesting.